Martha Ballard's Diary, August 2 - 9, 1786

2 4
a rainy Day. we Spun Cottne. mr Ballard went to mr Pollards to Settle acounts. we are informd yt Emry & mr Fairfield are Excieding dangerous.   
3 5
Cloudy morn. mr Ballard went to ye Medo. the Girls Pulld Flax. mrs Porter & Polly Hamlin here. mrs Foster Sent me Some Pees. mr Stephins a Turner Sleeps here.   
4 6
Clear & Hott. we pulld flax. mr Ellis, mrs Stone & Polly Cowen dind here, Broth Moore been here, informs yt mr Fairfield is very Dangers.   
5 7
a very hott Day. we pulled flax. I Bot a Spindle of mr Savage, prs 1/6.   
6 A
I allended worship all day. a Shower. Esqr Lovjoy, David Smily & John Bragg Calld after meeting & Eat with us. this is my Daftr Hannahs Birth day. Aged 17 years. Jono returnd from Boston.   
7 2
I Recond with Polly Taylor and paid her all that was Due for her Servis with us Last year. mr Ballard been to Capt Suels. Mrs Coy & Mrs Bolton here. ye girls washt. Jono Brot from Boston 1 Barril of Pork, 1 of Rhum, 1 of Sugar and 1 of flower.   
8 3
Hannah Carried 30 Skeins of Cottne yn to mr Edsons and Brot mrs Densmore here to Make yr gouns. I was Calld to See Isaac Hardins wife, Shee is very unwell. I rode my hors.   
9 4
I was at Hardins all Day. he went to mr Coneys for apples. She Seems Some [Comfortable]. I came home. Polly Hamlin here to work.   

Source: Transcription courtesy of Robert and Cynthia McCausland.